Big Numbers Continue to Haunt Tigers at NCAA

Williamsburg, Va.--Hole No. 12 continued to give the Auburn golfers trouble on Thursday as the Tigers failed to make up ground at the NCAA Championships on the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course.

Auburn finished the round plus-11 to drop to plus-26 after two days and is in 29th place out of 30 teams.

Auburn was eight-over par on Wednesday and six-over on Thursday on the par-three 12th hole alone and plus-25 for the tournament on holes two, 12 and 18. On the other end of the spectrum the Stanford Cardinal, the team leader, is just one-over on those same three holes.

"It is pretty obvious to me that the golf course has our number," head coach Mike Griffin said. "We haven't been able to do too many good things. I'm proud of the way we closed the round today, but we just haven't played good enough golf. Tomorrow is another day so we are going to come out competing and give it our best shot. We are playing for pride."

Glenn Northcutt, who triple-bogied the 12th hole, led the Tigers with a one-over 71. Patton Kizzire sank four birdies but a double-bogey on 12 put him at a 72 for the day. Steven Groover and Andrew Medley both shot a 74 while Jay Moseley's 75 was not scored on the team results.

The Tigers are five strokes out of 28th place and just one stroke ahead of last place Texas Tech. Only the top 15 teams make the cut after Friday's round. Second-seed Stanford shot a minus-two for the day and is one stroke ahead of Minnesota at seven-under after two days. Coastal Carolina, at two-under par, is the only other team in the green.

Around the SEC, Alabama is plus-seven, Florida is plus-eight, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are plus-nine and Tennessee and Georgia are 11-over par.

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